Round 12: Mike Tyson's Return
By Mauricio Sulaimán – Son of José Sulaimán – President of
Before I begin, I would like to express my deepest
condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one. Fightnews
lost Flattop, which has created a tremendous grief among
boxing media and members of the industry. These are delicate
times and our prayers go to all who are going through a
Social media and sports media exploded with the news of Mike
Tyson's return to the ring. Regardless of being just an
exhibition, the news has gone around the world and there is
great interest in seeing this event.
Tyson will face Roy Jones Jr., who was considered for
several years as the best boxer on the planet, for his great
ability, hand speed, fist power and overall dominance in the
The exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, in
Los Angeles, California, an eight-round contest, without
headgear, and wearing 12-ounce gloves.
This is a point that worries me. Both Tyson and Jones should
wear headgear that boxers use in sparring , and wear 16, or
even 18-ounce gloves.
This event is a charity initiative which is highly
appreciated and seeks to give sports fans a moment of
entertainment. That is why the World Boxing Council fully
supports the realization of it, but I repeat, in no way can
the safety of the contenders be neglected. I am certain that
the California State Athletic commission is taking every
single provision to ensure their safety before and during
We are entering the championship rounds of this tough fight
against COVID-19. It is now where we have to demonstrate our
maximum capacity to win and succeed. The cooperation of each
one of us will be essential to achieve success. We already
know what we have to do and it is very simple, but this
requires discipline and never letting your guard down,
protect yourself at all times!
The simple protection steps must be applied at all times:
· Healthy distance. Just keep a gap between yourself and
other people, at all times.
· Personal hygiene. Continuously wash your hands with soap
· Avoid touching things. In addition, try not to touch your
face, especially mouth, nose and eyes.
Use facemask covers. If you use them, and other people too,
it is practically impossible for Covid-19 to spread.
It started August, and so did the world championship fights!
We are very excited about the great activity that will be
Mexican David “Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his super
middleweight world championship on August 15 at the Mohegan
Sun, in Connecticut, USA. On the 22nd, Dillian Whyte will
defend his Interim heavyweight title against Russian
Alexander Povetkin in England. That same day, former world
welterweight champion Shawn Porter will contest the WBC
silver belt against German Sebastian Formella, and on the
29th, the former champions Venezuelan Jorge Linares and
Dominican Javier Fortuna will fight for the WBC diamond belt
The Heroes of Humanity program has ended. It has been
gratifying to see the so many stories from all around the
world. The World Boxing Council, together with Scholas
Occurrentes, the non-religious foundation of Pope Francis,
in which all were invited to nominate those people or
institutions that have had special actions during the
pandemic in support of their communities.
DID YOU KNOW … ?
The Ring Telmex-Telcel program was born in July 12 years
ago, after a talk between Carlos Slim and my dear father,
Monthly financial aid is provided to the fighters who are
enrolled in the Ring Telmex-Telcel program to allow them to
dedicate themselves to boxing; it has generated 18 world
champions, among them; Saúl Canelo Álvarez, who was a member
of the first generation in 2008. A year later, Fundación
Telmex-Telcel agreed to create a life pension and medical
expenses program for 27 former champions.
Carlos Slim was named Man of the Year by the WBC for these
contributions to the most important sport of Mexico, the one
with most Olympic medals, and which has crowned 200
champions of Mexico.